November 2015 Desktop Background & Letter from our Editor


We’re coming up on Thanksgiving when many of us feel that tingle of excitement at seeing friends and loved ones gathered round.  We may also be feeling the tug of nostalgia for Thanksgivings gone by and people we may not be seeing this year.  But we press on.  Maybe this is the year we think outside the turkey and gift someone else with a Happy Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a perfect time to express our appreciation for all that we have, for the people we love, the friends who are always there for us, and for the hope and spiritual resolve we need to carry us through difficult times.  You can reach out to family and friends this holiday with our new Blue Mountain Thanksgiving cards.  Simple Gifts captures the joy and magic of a woodland celebration and features the charming Shaker hymn that it is named for.  You can send a smile with our new talking cards, Happy Collie Days and Let’s Talk Turkey.  And for a big laugh, you can share our diva turkey, Gloria, who will sing her hilarious parody of “I Will Survive.”

So let us be grateful for the trials we’ve survived, the blessings we enjoy today, and the joys and challenges yet to come.  Whatever your plans for the holiday, we here at Blue Mountain want you to know we are ever grateful for your kind attention and wish you a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving.

We also have a brand new, beautifully Thanksgiving-inspired desktop background for your computer, phone, and even your Facebook cover image.

November Background:
2560 x 1440 / 1680 x 1050 / 1440 x 900 / 1280 x 800Facebook Cover Photo / Phone
For help on how to install, click here.

CarolineCaroline Martlew, Senior Editor



Halloween Playlist!

We’re really getting in the Halloween spirit this week! Decorations are going up, costumes are being planned, and everyone is starting to buzz with Halloween energy. And while we’ve been decorating and munching on candy corn, we’ve been listening to a lot of Halloween-inspired music. We thought we would put a few of our favorite spooky favorites in a Halloween playlist to share. Enjoy! Share some of your songs from your Halloween playlist in the comments to help get everyone in the spooky spirit.




Sweetest Day Printable


Sweetest Day was first started when Birch Kingston wanted to bring cheer to local orphans, elderly and service people in Cleveland, OH. He acknowledged that many of these people may feel forgotten during other holidays, and because he worked for a local candy company, he started giving out special sweets to the community. To learn more about the history of Sweetest Day, click here. 

We wanted to celebrate by offering this free printable quote that’s perfect for celebrating your friends, family, or your sweetie on this fun holiday. The quote is easily printable and would be a fun framed addition to any desk or home.

Click here to print!



October 2015 Desktop Background, and Letter from the Editor


Last month we talked about ways to make a fresh start in the fall, and one important thing you can do for yourself, is declutter your home before the holidays.  The above quote by William Morris, famous for his wallpaper designs, really captures the essence of a clean, well-organized home.

Here are 5 questions to consider when decluttering:

Is it something that you’re keeping because you might need it someday?
Donate it to someone who needs it today.

Is it something you would buy all over again?
If not, someone else can use it.

Have you worn it/used it in the last year?
If not, let it make someone else happy.

Is it something you’ve been meaning to mend, repair, read, or assemble for over a year?
You probably won’t.  Buh-bye.

Is it something that brings you joy?
Keep it!

An organized home gives you more time for the things that really matter, like connecting with the special people in your life.   This Halloween, you can treat them to beautiful and fun new cards created by Blue Mountain.  We think you’ll be enchanted by Moon Magic, Funny Bones and our new Halloween “Happy” card.  Be sure to remember your boss on Boss’s Day, the 16th, and your Sweetie on Sweetest Day, the 17th.   We’ve also designed new cards for your all your fall birthday friends.

I have to agree with Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables who said, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

Fall into fun!

October Background:
10012015_Desktop_BMA_1280x8002560 x 1440 / 1680 x 1050 / 1440 x 900 / 1280 x 800Facebook Cover Photo / Phone
For help on how to install, click here.


Caroline Martlew
Senior Editor



Brighten Someone’s Day Challenge


We have written blogs about making people smile and random acts of kindness with the intent to get people thinking about looking beyond themselves and reaching out to others who could use some cheering up.

Since it’s been a while, we wanted to reconnect and see how it’s going with your new mission to brighten someone’s day­—everyday.

  • Are you making a conscious effort to share and spread kindness as often as possible?
  • Are you surprising and delighting people with anonymous gestures, both big and small?
  • Are you sharing generosity and thoughtfulness with friends and strangers alike?

If so, we’d love to hear about it – or better yet we’d like to see your badge of honor. We invite you to post your good deeds on our Facebook page along with the above image. Simply right click on the image, save it to your desktop, and then post it in your status on Facebook, while including what you did recently to brighten someone’s day.



What to Write: Family Birthday Wishes

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What Could Be Better Than a Birthday?

Cake. Ice Cream. Balloons. Presents. Laughter. Smiles. Fun. And the one day in 365 that’s all about us! Does it get any better than that?

From young to old–and since time immemorial–people have celebrated birthdays in all kinds of unique and wonderful ways. But whether we like fanfare or some quiet time just to dream, we all deserve to have a day that’s simply perfect for us–and to be reminded how special we are and the difference we make in this world. And–if we happen to be family–perhaps even more so.

I Want to Tell Them…

Sometimes the people we care about most can be the last to know it!  Sometimes we’re just better at doing something to show our love than we are at talking about it. Maybe we’re shy about our feelings or we’re just not sure how to express them. But we all know how much even the smallest compliment, expressed from the heart, can mean.

…But How Do I Say It?  

Here at, we have everything from simple wishes to words of appreciation, warm compliments, or love-filled thoughts for the ones you’re closest to. So have a look…and once you’ve chosen the perfect card, you can use some of the idea-starters below to help you add your own personal touch, making it into a keepsake that will always be treasured in a family birthday cards.

Some Things to Think About

What is it about your family that makes it unique, special, and wonderful?
And how does this person contribute to that?
What is your favorite thing about this person?
What are some of your best memories that include them?
How have they’ve touched, inspired, or influenced you?
Is there something they’ve said or done that made all the difference?
Something special you want to thank them for?
What does this person mean to you?

Making It Personal

Now you’ve got more ideas than you need, don’t you?! Time to choose your favorite ones and, in your own words, write what’s in your heart. Relax. Smile. Keep it simple. Make it a celebration of the unique and special person they are, and you’ll make their day–and, just maybe, their whole year!

Simple Wishes

Enjoy every special moment that comes your way today…
This wish is for your birthday…but the smiles are for always…
To another year of family times and happy memories…
Wishing you your favorite kind of day…to smile, laugh, dream, remember, celebrate.
With hugs, smiles, and love for a very special _________.


Can’t imagine our family without you in it.
Even if we weren’t family…you’d still be one of my favorite people ever.
Every family has its special people…and you’re one of the nicest.
Family’s the greatest…especially family like you.
Great memories…good times…family like you are the best!
Happy Birthday to my one-of-a-kind wonderful ______(relationship).
Hoping life is always good…for a _______ who will always be special.
It’s fun being family with you!
Thoughts of you always make me smile.
Wishing a wonderful ________ a wonderful birthday.
You’re a gift to our family…
You’re the best kind of family…the fun kind.

 Special thanks

So thankful we’re family…
Thanks for being someone I’ve always looked up to…
Thanks for being there for me…
Thanks for making me feel special…
Thanks for the nice things you’re always doing…
You’re a blessing to our family.

 Close relationships

Celebrating you and how much you’ve always meant to me.
Feel loved, feel special, because that’s what you are.
Life gives us family. Love makes them matter.
Nobody loves us like our families do.
Not just because we’re family, but because we’re friends, too…
Smiling at so many memories today…
Some of my favorite family stories have you in them.
We share a special connection…
We’ve shared the ups and downs and everything in between.
You’re a part of my favorite memories…
Your birthday will always be special to me because you are.




Summer Adventures Roundup

When it comes to fun and adventure, there’s no better season than summer to charter unknown territory with your friends. From traveling and hiking, to exploring your own city or offering up your time to assist a person or organization, there’s always something new to learn, unfamiliar places to explore, and grand experiences lying just around the bend.

We’ve collected six fun and different ideas you might like to try, or they may even spark an idea of your own.  So grab your friends and set out on some new adventures, and be ready to make some beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. There’s still so much summer to enjoy!

  1. 08112015_Summer_adventures_Roundup_BLG_BMAGet up, up, and away! Whether you’re heading off for a week at the seaside or a fun day trip, parasailing will give you the ultimate adventure of fun in the sun! It’s one of those “someday”   activities that we always want to try but never seem to get around to. Unleash your hesitations and let your spirit soar!
  2. Take a random road trip. Let fate plan your fun by throwing darts at a map of your county (or of your state or country if you’re up for a longer excursion) and wherever they come closest to is your road trip to remember. If you happen to be near the World’s Largest Frying Pan or Biggest Ball of Twine, Roadside America will make sure you don’t miss it. Don’t worry too much about taking an exact route—the goal here is the fun and stories you’ll gather along the way.
  3. Food truck day. If you’re tired of the same old restaurants or just want to cut back a bit on spending while you explore your town or city, switch things up and chase down some delicious food trucks! Have each friend pick a different truck for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and of course—snacks and treats! Or have each friend pick a different food truck each week, and plan to meet for lunch throughout the month. It’s amazing what new and different things you can experience right in your own city.
  4. Go on a hike and pack your own trail mix. Hiking doesn’t have to be an all-day trek through the wilderness. Visit your local trails or your state park and relish the fresh air as you catch up,unplug, and drink in nature’s scenic beauty. Have each friend bring a batch of homemade trail   mix to share during your outing.
  5. Try a completely new activity without spending a lot. Always wanted to try yoga? Never learned to swim? How about learning how to paint? It’s always refreshing to try something new with friends,  and with helpful sites like Groupon and Living Social, you’ll find great deals and discounts to boot.
  6. Volunteer for a good cause. There’s no better feeling than helping someone else, so gather your friends and do something for the greater good. You can help build homes with Habitat for Humanity, volunteer at a local animal shelter, rock babies at your hospital, or even band together and help a sick or elderly neighbor by mowing, weeding, and beautifying their yard. There’s no greater joy to be had than sharing a simple act of kindness.




Printable Quote: Summertime

We hope you are all enjoying the sunshine and warm weather of sweet, sweet summertime! The feelings that summer bring out should be shared, so we wanted to create this printable, and framable summer quote for you. Hang it on your wall, at your desk, or give to a friend. Enjoy!

07222015_Summertime_living_Printable_BLG_BMA Click here to download, print, and frame



Celebrate National Sisters Day on August 2

Sisters share an unbreakable bond, and did you know that there is a special day just for celebrating what that bond means?!? August 2 is National Sisters Day – a day to spend with your sisters, or even friends who are like sisters to you. We created this special postcard just to help you celebrate. Click here to view, send, and share. Happy Sisters Day!




Birthday Surprise: Celebrating 70!


70_birthday_partyIntroBirthdays are meant to be celebrated. And milestone birthdays are even more special. One of our extremely talented Art Directors, Alison, has a knack for party planning, and she does a pretty amazing job. This past Spring, Alison’s mother was turning 70, and she knew she wanted to celebrate in a really special way. We had to share how everything turned out, so here’s Alison with the details….


My mom was turning 70 this year and I didn’t want another birthday, especially a milestone, to go by without an unforgettable celebration. What better way to honor someone than to throw a surprise birthday party?

So back in February, my brother and I started planning. We wanted to invite as many people as possible–friends, family, classmates, and co-workers. I designed the invitation around her stunning engagement picture, my favorite photo of her.


I wanted the colors to be classy and fun. Gold, black, pinks and polka-dots to represent the 50’s era my mom grew up in. I turned black paper fans into records, using song titles that went with my mom’s name, Sharron, like “My Sharona” and “Sherry Baby”. To continue the theme, I used records as table centerpiece mats as well.


Each centerpiece was a gold Mason jar that contained  a Happy Birthday tag, black paper fans with her picture, gold flags with “70”cut outs, and black or pink polka-dot balloons and flowers. Flowers were incorporated into everything. I made pom-pom flowers, cupcake liner flowers, and small and large tissue paper flowers.  Each table featured different titles for her—“mom,” “daughter,” “sister,” “wife,” “grandma” and “friend.”


Ah…the cake!  I continued with the flowers and created a topper for it that said, “70 Years Loved.”  I also served polka-dot cookies with gold “70” and black “S” for “Sharron,” that people could take home with them.


As you can see from my mom’s expression, we got her!  She was beyond surprised. Hugs went on forever and everyone had a great time. Best gift of the evening: as my mom hugged me she told me, “It’s an honor to be your mom.”

All the planning, stress, and flower making…totally worth it.    Happy Birthday, Mom!

Click here to see more pictures from the party.
All Photos Courtesy of Kelly Kutsko
Cookies by Chris Carolin
Cake by Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes